Jon Rahm hit back at Phil Mickelson's claims that LIV Golf League players are fresher for the majors when speaking to the media ahead of this week's Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour.
Rahm, who is one of our five picks on GolfMagic Fantasy at Muirfield Village this week, disagrees with Mickelson's recent tweet that those on LIV Golf are in much better condition to contend in the four major championships as a result of their schedule.
Love LIV or hate it, it’s the best way/Tour to be your best in the majors. Enough events to keep you sharp, fresh and ready, yet not be worn down from too many tournaments or obligations. 14 LIV events, 34 weeks left open to prepare for the 4 majors. Fact.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) May 23, 2023
Last week, Mickelson said:
To provide some context to Mickelson's tweet, Rahm (who finished T50 at the US PGA) had played in 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2023 prior to the second major of the season as a result of the PGA Tour's new designated events structure.
Those on LIV Golf had played six.
Rahm, who won the first major of the season at The Masters, was pressed on Lefty's latest comments ahead of competing on the PGA Tour this week where he goes in search of a second Memorial title:
In total, there are 17 designated events (including the four majors) on the PGA Tour.
As Rahm mentions in his quotes above, he intends to play 19 official events during the course of his season.
On LIV Golf, there are 14 events in total but these events are spaced out much more than on the PGA Tour with tournaments running from February through to November.
The PGA Tour season ends in August.
Read more: https://t.co/lJPzFX1KKb— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) May 26, 2023
All of the biggest-named PGA Tour players are permitted to bypass one of the designated events in order to collect their allocated Player Impact Program (PIP) money.
Rory McIlroy was penalised $3m as a result of skipping two designated events already this season.